Easter Eats

BRUNCHES l bunnies l BUFFETS l petting zoos l DINNERS l egg hunts

Montage Kapalua Bay will offer three dining options for Easter from an a la carte  brunch and dinner buffet in its Cane & Canoe to a private affair in the famed Cliff House.
* Montage Kapalua Bay photo

Montage Kapalua Bay will offer three dining options for Easter from an a la carte brunch and dinner buffet in its Cane & Canoe to a private affair in the famed Cliff House. * Montage Kapalua Bay photo

As usual, seats are selling out faster for Easter Sunday than a hare can hop. So follow the hare’s lead instead of straggling behind like the tortoise to make reservations.

Chefs are pulling 24-carrot gold feasts out of their hats at Maui’s top restaurants and they aim to please.

WEST MAUI

The keiki will be excited for an egg hunt at 10 a.m. Sunday in the lush luau gardens of the pink pyramid Diamond Resort Ka’anapali Beach Club in West Maui.

There will be an all-you-can-eat Easter brunch from 8 a.m. to noon with lots of fun activities such as egg decorating, a jelly-bean jar guess, face painting and lei making.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be puttin’ on a lavish Easter Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Terrace restaurant, topping off its 25th annual Celebration of the Arts Friday through Sunday.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua photo

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be puttin’ on a lavish Easter Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Terrace restaurant, topping off its 25th annual Celebration of the Arts Friday through Sunday. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua photo

Highlights are soba noodle salad, local Kula greens, penne primavera, smoked marlin, shrimp cocktail, French toast, pancakes, eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, Molokai sweet-potato frittata, mahimahi Oscar, honey baked ham, soups, pastries, cakes and breads. Cost is $27 for adults and $13 for children 5 to 12. Call 661-2000, ext. 333.

Topping off the 25th Celebration of the Arts Hawaiian cultural weekend, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be puttin’ on a lavish, all-you-can-eat Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Terrace. Indulge in chilled prawns, snow crab legs, house-smoked salmon and sushi rolled at action stations.

Savor scallops with a succotash of Kula corn and edamame, charcuterie, garden fresh vegetables, Humboldt Fog and more cheeses, artisan breads, eggs and things, dungeness crab salad, brioche French toast and muffins.

From the chef will come herb-crusted prime rib, Easter lamb leg with local lavender and chimichurri, and star-anise glazed ham. Adding to the gourmet spread will be lobster ravioli, pulled chicken pie; and desserts such as bubble waffle cones, milk chocolate mousse, ice creams, strawberry short cake and mango pudding. Keiki may decorate their own Easter cookie. Cost of $108 for adults and $48 per child includes live music and valet parking. Kamaaina will get 20 percent off food. Call 669-6200.

The Montage Kapalua Bay’s signature Cane & Canoe restaurant will serve an a la carte Easter brunch and Bloody Mary bar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a dinner buffet with local music from 4 to 8 p.m.

Adam Gomes is part of the 5 Palms family in Kihei. The restaurant will serve a brunch buffet from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner as well.
* Photo courtesy 5 Palms

Adam Gomes is part of the 5 Palms family in Kihei. The restaurant will serve a brunch buffet from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner as well. * Photo courtesy 5 Palms

During the daytime, Montage is hosting a complimentary Easter egg scramble, bunny appearance, egg dye fun and much more.

Elevated brunch selections include Kauai prawns with dashi grits, steak and eggs, dungeness crab cake Benedict, Kona lobster omelet, crepes stuffed with Surfing Goat Dairy cheese and Kula strawberries and more. Entrees range from $20 to $34.

For Montage’s dinner buffet, dive into chilled seafood, grilled Maui vegetables, green-papaya salad, lavish tropical fruits, imported cheeses, Kula corn and crab chowder, kiawe-smoked New York strip, sesame-seared ahi, roasted leg of lamb, mac-nut crusted mahimahi in coconut and lime sauce, sweet and sour glazed pork and sides of Kona lobster fried rice and truffled whipped potatoes. A keiki station and lavish holiday desserts top it off. Cost is $90 for adults, and $39 for children 5 to 12. You may also book a private Easter brunch at the resort’s Cliff House. For Montage reservations, call 662-6681.

Gather the ohana for the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s legendary annual Easter Sunday champagne brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The day can include an Easter worship service at 7 a.m. along with a petting farm, appearances by the Easter Bunny and other mascots, face painting, an egg hunt and Hawaiian entertainment.

The Easter Bunny is the king of his own realm at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului complete with a garden full of carrots. Professional photo ops can be arranged from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday.
* The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

The Easter Bunny is the king of his own realm at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului complete with a garden full of carrots. Professional photo ops can be arranged from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday. * The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

A keiki buffet will delight with pizza, hot dogs, cookies, Jell-O and ice cream with toppings.

Celebrate spring with salads, local favorites and cold seafood bar and chefs will carve roasted pork belly, leg of lamb and beef strip loin. Pile plates with beef kalbi, baked ham with plum-lilikoi glaze, baked mahimahi, fried salmon patties, Indian tofu curry and garlic-shrimp pasta. Enjoy pies, banana bread pudding with whiskey sauce and more. Cost is $55.95 for adults and $29 for kids 12 and younger. There will be special event parking. Reservations are a must. Call KBH at 667-0124.

Plantation House in Kapalua will dish up spectacular coastline and mountain views from its perch in the West Maui Mountains as well as Easter brunch specials from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner specials from 5:30 p.m. to closing.

Brunch specials are pineapple and mac-nut scones with lemon curd; deviled eggs with avocado and bacon lardons on toast; and two eggs with guava-glazed ham breakfast. Prices range from $10 to $17 per plate.

Dinner specials are Maui onion, potato and applewood-smoked bacon quiches with salad; and 10-ounce prime rib dinner with roasted garlic potato puree, horseradish cream, rosemary au jus and root vegetables. Prices range from $17 to $40 per plate. For reservations, call 669-6299.

The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

In tiny Olowalu, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop sells some of the best baked breads, pies and adorable sugar cookies on island. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call ahead for special orders at 662-3600.

Swan Court will present a sumptuous Easter Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its prime spot at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Enjoy waterfalls, lagoons and swans as you dine on an all-you-can-eat buffet of hand-carved prime rib, leg of lamb with rosemary-mint crust, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, mac-nut-crusted baked island fish, eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, sushi rolls, artisan cheeses, sweet local fruits and chef’s desserts. Cost is $65 for adults and $33 for kids 5 to 12. Afterwards, bring the keiki to Halona Kai lawn for an Easter egg hunt. Call the Hyatt concierge at 667-4727.

Celebrate Easter at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali with an egg hunt, jumping castle, face painting and the annual Lucky Duck race. The Easter brunch buffet will be staged in Black Rock Kitchen with seatings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The impressive spread includes build-your-own stations for omelets and waffles, chilled seafood, honey-baked ham, dim sum, sashimi, salads and vegetables. Chef will carve fire-roasted Niihau leg of lamb and oven-roasted prime rib. Cost is $62 per person or $31 per child, ages 6 to12. Reservations are required. Call Sheraton Maui at 662-8053.

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas will have an all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its Auntie’s Kitchen restaurant. Chill out with poke, assorted fresh fruit, seafood and Caesar salad and savor bakery rolls, made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fried rice and biscuits and gravy. Desserts range from hazelnut puffs to assorted macaroons. Cost is $49 per adult and $24 for children 4 to 12.

In celebration of Easter, Westin KOR’s Pulehu, an Italian Grill will feature a dinner special of braised lamb shank with whipped Molokai sweet potato and creamed spinach for $42. The signature Italian restaurant will also present a dessert special of fresh fruit tart with cannoli cream for $14. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call 667-3254.

For the first time, Hula Grill Kaanapali will present an a la carte Easter Brunch service overlooking Kaanapali from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast classics and Hula Grill lunch favorites include Big Island macadamia-nut pancakes, Molokai sweet bread French toast, kiawe-grilled shrimp and grits with pickled Maui onions, and braised short rib loco moco.

Enjoy live Hawaiian entertainment complete with a hula dancer and egg coloring for the keiki. For reservations, call 667-6636.

This week, Maui Prime Fine Foods in the Emerald Plaza in Lahaina will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday and be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday. It’s the one-stop gourmet shop for Snake River Farms Kurobuta hams and custom-cut American-style Kobe steaks along with domestic lamb racks and boneless leg of lamb. Seafood and oysters are plentiful. You may place orders now for Maui steamer pots in various sizes to have an Easter clam bake and buy Black River Oscietra caviar. Last but not least, Maui Prime is the exclusive Maui dealer for the Big Green Egg grill. Call 661-4912.

At Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, a family-friendly breakfast buffet is planned from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Relish Burger Bistro.

In addition to an omelet station, the outdoor restaurant will offer fluffy pancakes, waffles, housemade pastries, breakfast potatoes, sliced deli meats, Portuguese sausage fried rice, seasonal fruits and other delectable selections. Served amidst a scenic poolside garden setting, the buffet is priced at $29.50 per adult and $14.50 per child (ages 12 and younger. Its sister Relish Oceanside will feature a la carte dinner selections. Visit OpenTable.com.

SOUTH MAUI

Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center will dish up harbor views and Easter specials from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the aquarium is not required to dine. Use the restaurant entry located on the shops side.

Besides the regular menu, an Easter lunch special is steamed Kona kampachi with fish fumet sauce topped with ginger, scallion and shiitake mushroom slaw. It includes Kula harvest vegetables and steamed jasmine rice for $18 per plate.

The dessert special is champagne flute with chocolate mousse, raspberries, mascarpone cheese and raspberry and chocolate coulis for $5.

Dinner will also be served from 5 to 9 p.m. on Easter Sunday and specials are now being developed. For reservations, call Seascape at 270-7068.

The opulent Grand Dining Room, overlooking dolphin sculptures, pools and the ocean at the Grand Wailea, will feature its annual Easter brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,

Highlights are the seafood table with oysters, snow crab, Gulf shrimp, California roll and smoked trout, sturgeon and salmon. Entrees are roasted pork belly, grilled Hawaiian fish, spring pea risotto, Kauai shrimp, and balsamic-glazed chicken.

From the carvery will come honey-glazed leg of lamb, slow-roasted prime rib, and guava-lavender-glazed ham. Savor foie gras brulee, heirloom carrots, artisan breads, deviled eggs, breakfast selections and desserts such as Kula strawberry panna cotta, Maui dark chocolate tart and carrot cake cupcakes.

Cost is $90 per adult and $45 for keiki ages 6 to 12. Call Grand Wailea at 875-1234, ext. 51.

The expansive and open-air 5 Palms at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei will present a special brunch buffet and stellar views of Keawakapu Beach.

The early-bird seating is from 8 to 9 a.m. for $44.95 for adults and the regular seating from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is $49.95 per adult. At both seatings, it’s $24.95 for kids 12 and younger.

Delight in the lavish seafood and sushi display with green-lip mussels, shrimp, smoked salmon and assorted sushi and sashimi. Prime rib and guava-glazed ham will be carved to order. Build-your-own omelets and pile on mac-nut topped mahimahi with pineapple relish, roasted chicken with mushroom jus along with an array of desserts. Call 879-2607.

Located poolside at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, DUO will present a lavish Easter Brunch buffet with reservations from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wake up to the breakfast items, then segue into appetizers, salads, raw bar of fresh seafood and sushi.

Tempting hot entrees are kiawe-smoked prime rib, spit-roasted Kurobuta ham and porchetta with fresh herbs and apple-pear compote.

Other temptations are spring pea soup with fresh mint, domestic and international cheeses, a keiki buffet and a chocolate fountain.

Cost is $109 for adults and $45 for keiki 6 to 12. Add $20 for the bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa station. Call 874-8000.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be sizzling with Easter dinner specials, starting at 5 p.m. upstairs in The Shops at Wailea as well as at its sister steak house in the Outlets of Maui mall in Lahaina.

Sink your teeth into juicy prime steaks and chops seared to perfect doneness in 1,800-degree ovens then finished with pats of butter.

Swirl a martini, sip big red wines, delight in sides such as creamed spinach, chopped salad and top it all with bread pudding with creme Anglaise and whiskey sauce. Call 874-8880 or 661-8815.

While the small and intimate Cafe del Vino in the Maalaea Harbor Shops isn’t open Sunday service, it does serve fine Mediterranean meals and those working on the holiday may want to celebrate on another day of the week there with tapas, pasta or a seafood entree such as Kona lobster.

Right now, buy one entree and get the second one of equal or lesser value at 50 percent off. You must show the coupon in The Maui News to receive it. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. For reservations, call Cafe del Vino at 868-0732.

Humble Market Kitchin by acclaimed Oahu chef Roy Yamaguchi will celebrate its first Easter in the Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott Maui.

Regular breakfast hours are 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and brunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the Easter brunch is $60 per person.

Sink your teeth into slow-roasted garlic herb-crusted rib of beef served with creamy horseradish and natural jus; seared salmon topped with yuzu-caper-mushroom butter; braised shoyu chicken; breakfast items; and build-your-own omelets.

Cold highlights are Mauna Kea tomato caprese salad; rainbow mac salad; chick pea salad; breads; imported meats and cheeses; fresh fruits; strawberry-mango breads and pastries. For reservations, you may call Humble Market Kitchin at 879-4655.

CENTRAL/UPCOUNTRY

Rise and shine to an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes in Kahului.

Chefs will hand carve roast prime rib of beef and make omelets to order. Hot entrees are roasted leg of lamb stuffed with spinach, goat cheese and rosemary jus; mahimahi with fresh papaya salsa; honey mac-nut roast pork; jumbo shrimp linguine; chicken in lemon-caper sauce; caramelized-onion mashed potatoes; and steamed rice.

Savor specialty salads and desserts such as Bananas Foster made fresh to order along with chocolate fondue; apple-mango cobbler; and pineapple upside-down cake. Cost is $36 per adult and $16 for children 4 and older. Reservations are highly recommended. Call Cafe O’Lei at 877-0073.

Upcountry at Hali’imaile General Store, relax over a brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with crab-cake Benedict casserole, herbed eggs, salt-crusted sirloin of beef, Moroccan lamb stew, shrimp cocktail, crab dip and water biscuits, blue-cheese wedge salad, cedar-plank salmon, goat-cheese grits, honey-baked ham, breakfast pastries, chocolate cupcakes and more. Cost is $48 per adult and $18 for kids 6 to 8. Call HGS at 572-2666.

Think Italian for Easter breakfast, lunch or dinner at Marco’s Grill & Deli in Kahului. Crunch Caesar and Greek salads, savor vodka rigatoni, meat lasagne, mushroom chicken pasta and rich and creamy tiramisu. Reservations not necessary. For more details, you may call 877-4446.

Looking for some hot cross buns? How about pies, cakes, hot malasadas and fabulously decorated Easter cookies and cupcakes?

Then head to Home Maid Bakery on Lower Main Street in Wailuku. Easter hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 244-7015.

At the Maui Mall in Kahului, Max’s Restaurant dishes up tastes of Manila and is fashioned after the original restaurant founded in 1945 in the Philippines. Maui’s version is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you may get 20 percent off one item during the first two meal services by presenting the coupon that runs in the Maui Scene.

Tsunami fried rice is served day and night and the chicken is a secret recipe that dates back decades. It’s fried to a golden doneness and served with achara, or pickled papaya, and French fries. Take out and delivery are also available. Call 419-6784.

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